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It's your big Muddy blabbermouth reporting for duty! Check out the cool new openings, closures *sob* and places to put on your hit-list pronto.

NEW! ATTRACTION OPENING: Bodmin Jail, Bodmin (1 Oct)

Billed as the most exciting new attraction in the South West since the Eden Project after an £8.5 million re-development, Bodmin Jail re-opens this week. Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest theatrical effects, the Dark Walk – a major addition to the attraction and the first of its kind in the region – will treat visitors to a truly immersive and interactive discovery of Cornwall’s most haunting histories. Stories of Cornwall’s murky past will be retold, and visitors will be transported to life within the walls of the 18th century prison where they will learn the gritty reality of smuggling, mining and the everyday hardships of the jail’s most infamous prisoners. We’ve wangled a sneaky preview, so look out for our review soon!

FOOD: Gralefrit Restaurant pop-up supper evenings (10/11 & 29/30 October)

Fitzroy in Fowey has (sadly) closed the doors for the winter season, along with awesome sister seafood shack North Street Kitchen (above). Fret not, head chef Ethan Friskney-Bryer and his wife Hazel won’t let Fowey foodies starve – they’ve launched a series of pop-up suppers. Using produce from their walled garden across the river and locally sourced fish and some meat, these supper evenings will be held both at Fitzroy and its sister restaurant North Street Kitchen (above). Email to book.

NEW! ART GALLERY: North Coast Asylum, Newquay

New art gallery North Coast Asylum (NCA) opens this month in Newquay. Born from an artist – photographer duo and their desire for a non-London based sanctuary aimed at promoting contemporary artists and photographers.  With over 10 years experience working in the art world at Christie’s Auction house, the aim of NCA is to establish an approachable platform for young artists and buyers to connect.  Find NCA in a grade II listed Gothic Church Hall which has been renovated into a brand new Art Gallery & event space 100 yards from the Atlantic in Newquay.

BEACHES: RNLI Lifeguards extended cover

If you’re heading this way on holiday, or just on a sunny autumnal day out, you’ll be pleased to hear that the RNLI have extended their beach cover until the end of October every day on the following beaches: Tregonhawke, Praa Sands, Fistral, Towan, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Gwithian, Porthmeor, Sennen, Constantine, Harlyn, Polzeath (above), Widemouth and Summerleaze.

Weekend and half-term cover will be provided at Poldhu, Porthcurno, Treyarnon, Sandymouth, Hayle Towans, Chapel Porth, Holywell Bay and Crantock.

MUSEUM: PK Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

PK Porthcurno (formerly the Telegraph Museum) re-opened this autumn, with free entry. Once the largest Telegraph Station in the world, this super museum near one of Cornwall’s most picturesque beaches, is an interactive museum experience that showcases the science, the people and the stories that have made developments in global communications possible, and demonstrates how advances in digital communications are changing the world forever.

FILM: Rebecca, Netflix (21 Oct)

Not strictly speaking in Cornwall exactly but fans of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca have long awaited this modern film adaption, which launches on Netflix on 21 October. Manderley, once home to the eponymous Rebecca, is unmistakenly Menabilly, one of du Maurier’s Cornish homes, which still sits on National Trust land at Gribben Head where its remote location conjures up an elusive foreboding quality, often found in du Maurier’s novels.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Emily Scott Food, Watergate Bay

Emily Scott Food’s pop-up at Watergate Bay’s previous Fifteen site came to an end this week, as the building is turned into luxury apartment suites. (You may recognise Emily as she is the director and exec chef at Michelin Bib Gourmand rated The St Tudy Inn, also named as one of the UK’s top 50 gastropubs back in January. The bar and restaurant at the St Tudy Inn re-opening at the start of November.

& just over the river into Devon…

Sign of the times

Pic by Wayne Perry

As part of the re-booted Mayflower 400 celebrations, Plymouth’s Mount Batten Pier is lighting up with a massive LED display on the breakwater, measuring 63m long and 6m high. The artwork, called Speedwell after the companion ship to the Mayflower, is made up of over 3000 bulbs spelling out three words: No, New, Worlds, which light up in a randomly generated sequence. It was created by local artist collective, Still/Moving (check out their cool vid of how it was made).

The aim is a good one, questioning the impact of the Mayflower’s legacy of colonialism and impact on climate. Indeed, were there ever any new worlds in the first place? You can add your thoughts to the artwork either virtually or on a metal tag. There for a gander until Sunday 29 November.


Plymouth’s new £46 million love-letter to the city, The Box, opened this week and though its opening was delayed due to guess-what, it sure was worth the wait. Never mind the chic restaurant with its suspended figureheads and giant ship fender – which is worth a visit on its own merit – this museum, art gallery and archive is a must-visit. Kids will love the interactive chance to be a TV-presenter and giant reconstruction woolly mammoth and you will love the architecture, the media lab and the Mayflower 400 exhibition with its replica of the Pilgrim fathers’ ship. Who knew Plymouth was so fascinating! It’s fab, so go, go, go and/or read Muddy Devon’s sneaky preview – check it out here.

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